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Covid-19 xe variant
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“During the first two weeks in April 2022, COVID-19 cases have increased by 46% in California”
The COVID-19 XE variant is a combination of the original BA.1 omicron variant and its subvariant BA.2. This type of combination is known as a “recombinant” variant.
In its latest update, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that more than 600 sequences of the XE recombinant have been identified and confirmed. According to early estimates, the community growth rate advantage is 10% over BA.2. Further investigation is needed to confirm this.
XE belongs to the Omicron variant until significant differences in transmission patterns and disease characteristics, including severity, can be determined, according to the Geneva-based WHO.
An early indication from the U.K. suggests XE could be slightly more transmissible than BA.2.The first signs of XE were found in the United Kingdom around January 19, 2022. More than 630 cases of the variant have been reported by the United Kingdom’s health ministry, less than one percent of the country’s millions of cases of COVID-19.
Shanghai Sees Number of Severe Covid Cases Triple in 24 Hours
Shanghai reported a sharp increase in its number of seriously-ill Covid patients, raising concerns that the Chinese financial hub is likely to record more fatalities even as its worst virus outbreak appears to be coming under control.
The city, currently the epicenter of China’s worst outbreak since Wuhan more than two years ago, also reported eight deaths last 20/04/2022, bringing the total fatalities from the current outbreak to 25.
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can vary from person to person depending on their vaccination status and the immunity acquired from prior infections. However, compared to earlier strains, such as those initially seen in the US and the more recent Delta strain, symptoms tend to be mild with less hospitalizations and deaths reported.
Experts who closely monitor all circulating variants predict a “slight uptick” in COVID-19 cases in the United States over the next few weeks as this new variant continues to spread
Symptoms of the COVID-19 XE variant include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, congestion, and vomiting or diarrhea. As with prior strains, severe cases are possible, although less likely, so people should continue to monitor for symptoms such as shortness of breath, confusion, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
COVID Reinfection Rate in NY County Hit Hard
According to CDC data updated 4/20/2022, subvariant BA.2.12.1 now accounts for an estimated 52.3% of all virus circulating in the New York region, which for the agency’s reporting purposes also includes New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
New York health officials raised a fresh flag last week when they acknowledged the higher-than-national rate of emergence of the subvariants in certain counties in the Central and Western regions and said they believed BA.2.12.1 was to blame.
While no scientific evidence exists at this point to link BA.2.12.1 or BA.2.12, the other omicron subvariant under close scrutiny at the moment, to more severe COVID outcomes or lower vaccine effectiveness, health officials say early data indicates the first subvariant could be the most contagious coronavirus strain yet. More than two full years into the pandemic, officials aren’t hesitating to urge people to take enhanced precautions whether they’re vaccinated or not, even as they insist they are not sounding any public health alarms anew.
All air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.
If you are planning to travel internationally, follow these recommendations and do NOT travel if:
· You are sick (Even if you recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days or are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.)
· You tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days. · You are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
· You had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine.
· Do not travel until a full 5 days after your last close contact with the person with COVID-19. It is best to avoid travel for a full 10 days after your last exposure.
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CNN – Health – Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US – April, 2022
Forbes – Oliver Wyman – US Business travel looks to revive in 2021
NBC Chicago – What is the XE COVID Variant and Where Has it Been Detected So Far? – April 2022
CDC International travel – January 2022